Shelton surprised his bride by writing a song instead.
Shelton’s wedding song for Stefani – “We Can Reach the Stars” – is available as of 11 p.m. CT Thursday.
“I reached out to my buddy Craig Wiseman, who is a world-class songwriter, to help me write and structure something that would stand the test of time,” Shelton said in a statement. “I’m really proud of ‘We Can Reach The Stars,’ and I’m really honored to be with her. That’s why we got married in the first place. That’s why we wear rings … because we want everyone to know. I’m thrilled to share this song with the world.”
Stefani said the song is “the most amazing beautiful gift I’ve ever received.”
“We Can Reach the Stars” is a tender, vulnerable and hopeful ballad about God’s timing and how the couple can achieve anything together. The song is from the deluxe version of Shelton’s album “Body Language” that is up for pre-order now.
Available Dec. 3, the deluxe version of “Body Language” is home to Shelton’s current single “Come Back as a Country Boy” as well as new songs “Fire Up The Night” (feat. HARDY) and “Throw It On Back” (feat. Brooks & Dunn). His recent hits “Happy Anywhere” and “Minimum Wage” are also on the album.
“Body Language” was initially released in May, and Shelton said he has difficulty remembering how it came together. He delayed making a new album for a long time because he wanted to see the direction the recorded section of the music business was headed.
“I was just really enjoying putting out a single at a time and just kind of letting them live on their own,” he said. “I wasn’t convinced that these songs need a home, that they couldn’t just live out there on their own.”
His record label group, Warner Music Nashville, cajoled him into “Body Language.” Shelton doesn’t consider himself a “good album maker” because he said he doesn’t think about an album’s message or the unity of its tracklist during the recording process.
“I just want to record the best songs I can,” he said. “I could care less if one song contradicts another song on an album. I don’t even care if they’re back-to-back. To me, they’re just little individuals, and I just want to collect as many of them as I can get. There’s not some big hidden message or something like that. I want to be like Conway Twitty was. I just want to have a long list of songs that people remember. Even if one doesn’t sound like the next, I don’t care. I just, I love great country songs.”
Shelton, who will perform on the 55th CMA Awards on Wednesday, has 36 Top 10 singles – 28 of which went to No. 1. He has accumulated more than 8.5 billion global on-demand streams and sold more than 13 million albums.
BODY LANGUAGE DELUXE TRACK LISTING
1. Come Back As A Country Boy (Michael Hardy, Josh Thompson, Jordan Schmidt)
2. Fire Up The Night (feat. HARDY) (Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt, Brian Kelley, Bart Butler)
3. Minimum Wage (Nicolle Galyon, Jesse Frasure, Corey Crowder)
4. Body Language (feat. The Swon Brothers) (Colton Swon, Zach Swon, Matt McGinn, Ryan Beaver)
5. Happy Anywhere (feat. Gwen Stefani) (Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins)
6. Now I Don’t (Jessi Alexander, Alysa Vanderheym, Michael Hardy)
7. Monday Mornin’ Missin’ You (Jessi Alexander, Deric Ruttan, Josh Thompson)
8. Corn (Craig Wiseman, Matt Dragstrem, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson)
9. Makin’ It Up As You Go (Brad Tursi, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
10. Whatcha Doin’ Tomorrow (Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, Casey Beathard)
11. The Girl Can’t Help It (Ben Hayslip, Josh Osborne, Mark Holman)
12. The Flow (Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne)
13. Neon Time (Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler, Ben West)
14. Bible Verses (Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles, Brett Sheroky)
15. Throw It On Back (feat. Brooks & Dunn) (Bobby Pinson, Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins)
16. We Can Reach The Stars (Blake Shelton, Craig Wiseman)